The Order of Sparta is the official organization for SJSU student-athlete alumni and coaches. The OOS represents all intercollegiate sports at San Jose State University. The OOS administers the SJSU Sports Hall of Fame, hosts special events for current and former student-athletes, and publishes an annual membership directory.
Since the first team took the field in 1890 (Baseball), thousands of individuals have proudly represented San Jose State University as student-athletes and coaches. Each has contributed to the Spartan Pride we have today.
The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics created the Order of Sparta in 1999 for all SJSU former student-athletes and coaches. Membership is open to everyone who has coached or been a member of any team, past or present, sponsored by the athletic department. Graduation from SJSU is not a requirement.
All membership fees are used for the enhancement and operation of the Order. The organization is not a fund-raiser for the athletic department. Our first mailing in 1999 was sent to 1,000 former student-athletes, coaches, and athletic support staff which the University has addresses for. We have grown our mailing list since then; but we know there are many more who qualify for membership. Your help to expand our membership is welcomed. Take a look through your contacts and please let us know where life has brought your former teammates and fellow Spartans.
At its root, the Order of Sparta provides San Jose State University's alumni athletes and coaches connection to Spartan Athletics, to each other, and to current student-athletes.
The Order of Sparta provides San Jose State University's former athletes and coaches a connection to Spartan Athletics, to each other, and outreach to current student-athletes.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- Support and promote the intercollegiate athletics program of San José State University.
- Establish and facilitate communication among current and former student-athletes and coaches, and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
- Sponsor and administer the San José State University Sports Hall of Fame.
- Provide special events and activities for current and former student-athletes and coaches.
- Publish a membership directory for Order members.
- Maintain a comprehensive database.
BOARD OF DIRECTORSThe Board of Directors is comprised of dues paying members of the Order of Sparta. This volunteer group represents the membership and leads our organization by establishing policy and procedures that are in line with our Mission Statement, and are consistent with the policies and procedures of the University, San Jose State Athletics, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Jeff Smith '83 - Wrestling - President
Carolyn Lewis '69 - Field Hockey, Volleyball - Vice President
Chrissy Chang '94 - Women's Basketball - Secretar
Steve Bonior '81 - Judo
Chesley Douglas, Jr. '51 - Water Polo, Swimming
Cass Jackson '63 - Football
Tony Lupina '76 - Baseball
Lynn Vidali-Gautschi '77 - Swimming
Javier Ortiz ' 94-'96 - Football
Al Tafoya '52 - Boxing
Benny Pierce '51-'55 - Football, Baseball
Name: Tim Rice
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Order of Sparta was founded by former San Jose State athletes for former men and women Spartan athletes and coaches. Our primary purpose was to re-establish and maintain the San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame. Since our formation in 1999, we have inducted 78 men and women and five teams into our Hall of Fame, which is currently housed in the Koret Athletic Training Center, adjacent to Spartan Stadium on South Campus.
Last year marked a 10 year anniversary for the Order. As mentioned, we have inducted over 70 outstanding former student-athletes and coaches into our Hall of Fame over the past 11 years. However, we know there are many more yet to be recognized. Not to mention all the current student-athletes, future Hall of Fame Spartans, making and breaking records every day. Our primary goal to host the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will remain our focus, now and continuing into the future. The past 11 years has been spent developing a strong membership base to maintain an organizational foundation. We know that to be a successful organization our membership must continue to grow. There are thousands of former SJSU athletes who have yet to connect with the Order. This has become a driving force in our plans for the next two years. New members bring new ideas and new energy to an already well established system of communication and recognition.
Thanks to all the charter members who have supported our efforts over the past 11 years. Thanks to our entire membership base who have remained a part of the Universty through their membership in the Order. Special thanks to all the past Presidents and Board of Directors of the Order who have provided us with the much needed leadership and direction to get us through the early years. And, finally a special thanks to Director of Athletics Tom Bowen and the SJSU athletics administrators who have supported us through the first 11 years!
Men's Gymnastics 1961-65
Men's Gymnastics Coach 1974-87
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